The start of a new generation may have arrived with the iPhone 11 models. Slightly thicker and heavier, better battery life. That’s a pragmatic Apple without Jonny Ive. After years of a growing keyboard scandal, Apple has a new MacBook Pro model and, yes, it has a new keyboard.
We got it all: a return of scissor key mechanisms in lieu of butterfly switches, a return of the inverted-T arrow key arrangement, and a hardware Escape key. Apple stated explicitly that their inspiration for this keyboard is the Magic Keyboard that ships with iMacs.
Which I love and use and even carry with me when the iPad travels. Goodbye butterfly keyboard.
Calling it the “Magic Keyboard” threads the impossible marketing needle they needed to thread: it concedes everything while confessing nothing. Apple has always had a great keyboard that could fit in a MacBook — it just hasn’t been in a MacBook the last three years.
Apple fixed the bad keyboard design with a hybrid.
It is a bit frustrating that it took them three years to do it, but they did it. This is what their modern MacBook keyboards should have been like all along.
Will I buy this MacBook Pro? No. It needs Face ID.